Shingalis Tell Their Tragic Stories
The stories and tragedies of Ezidis did not seem to have stopped when they were displaced and massacred in their own land. The tragedies didn’t stop when the hell broke out. Pople of Shingal were living their usual life when the ISIS buried their dreams alive in the course of hours. They forced them to leave their homes and country. The story of one of the families in Shingal could be a good stuff for a novel or a film that couldn’t be written so easily. The terrorists didn’t stop at this point, but they attacked the honor of Ezidi women which as they say “neither at the era of the Nazis nor the Hitler’s this sort of crime was committed”. The events they retell In Shariya (a sub-district located few kilometers south of Duhok where mainly Kurdish Ezidies live), over 25 thousand families living in the old buildings, schools and abandoned houses. Each one of them tell their tragic story; how they were killed en mass. What seems to be noteworthy is : “Whatever happened to us is nothing compared to what our young girls suffered. The barbarians assaulted our young women sexually. This is something we cannot forget. Humanity should be ashamed of itself that our mothers and sisters are treated so barbarically in a vicious war which set our homes on fire in Shingal."
Bayan Bapir, a 27-yearold told Hewler newspaper that when the ISIS attacked Shingal, in addition to looting, women were also assaulted. “A friend of mine who was our neighbor, couldn’t escape. They brutally assaulted her, and she’s still missing,” said Bayan.
“While on the mountain, people told tragic stories of girls victimized by the terrorists’ animalistic desires, some of the girls are detained in Badosh prison,” concluded Bayan. Heartbroken story Parcham Niro, 20, recalls that when they went up to the mountaintop, they escaped the terrorists, but the girls captured by the ISIS were sexually abused. In addition to looting their homes and killing their families, the girls themselves became a part of the unbearable tragedy.
“There’re over 500 kidnapped girls. This is much more than a mass killing, because in addition to the genocide of our people, our souls are also hurt.” Girls’ suicide Layla Khidi, 42, has two daughters who are among the missing. She, along with her son, managed to survive after seven days of hunger and thirst on the mountain. They eventually reached Shariya. Layla says both of her daughters were kidnapped, “I know nothing about their fate.”
Layla told us in tears: “Many of those kidnapped girls who were sexually assaulted decided to commit suicide fearing their families and parents; life no longer had any meaning for them, they preferred death.”
Son killed his own mother!
A more bitter story , Morad Bapri, 50, recalled that when ISIS attacked Shingal, “We knew what’s going to happen, so before running to the mountain, fearing the honor and dignity of 35-year- old mother, a son killed her least she would be captured and attacked by the ISIS. This son didn’t regret his action when he reached the Mount Shingal because he kept hearing the tragic and disturbing stories of women detained by the ISIS."
The beautiful girls suffered most
Mariam Khalaf, 34, said that the beautiful girls were the most targeted victims; they were taken to the Amirs of ISIS as trophies. The detained girls were brutally assaulted. The fate of over 500 women is still unknown, some of them are said to be taken to Syria.
This picture shows Shingal refugees are waiting for receiving food.